Saturday: Windy & brutally cold with a 30% chance of lake effect snow showers. Dangerous wind chills could be as low as –20 to -30. Temperatures likely fall below zero by noon. Winds could gust 30-40mph. Early High: 2-4↓
Saturday Night: Dangerous cold. Wind chills as low as -25 to -40. Catskill higher elevations could see chills approach -45 to -50. Coldest northeast/east with a chance of lake snow showers. Low: -20 to -5.
Sunday: Bitterly cold and not as windy. Decreasing clouds. Wind chills -10 to -20 at times.
Forecast By: Chief Meteorologist Howard Manges
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• Brutal cold and dangerous wind chills this weekend.
• Wind chills this weekend could be as low as 25 to 40 below zero; especially overnight.
• Monitoring a storm on Tuesday. Snow to mix to rain likely.
• If rain develops, it could be heavy.
• If snow falls, it could result in significant accumulations.
• Uncertainty of precipitation type/amount is HIGH.
Saturday will be exceptionally and dangerously cold; especially overnight into Sunday. Highs will be in the low single digits and will actually fall below zero by late morning/midday. Winds will gust 30-40mph and this would create wind chills as low as 25 to 30 below zero. If winds are able to reach 40mph, there could be some isolated power outages. Some lake effect snow showers are likely Saturday with early morning highs around 3. Lows will range from 5 to 10 below zero for most, but could be as low as 15 to 20 below zero, especially northeast/east. Sunday does not look as windy or cold, but it will still be frigid with highs struggling to 10 degrees. Some early lake effect snow showers taper to some afternoon sunshine.
The cold retreats quickly; Monday’s highs are expected to be back in the mid 20s. Tuesday is being monitored for a storm. At this time we look to start with some light snow late Monday and then transition to a mix to rain through early Tuesday. We’ll be watching this carefully; a slight change in storm path could result in big changes. Heavy rain is possible and if all snow falls there could be significant accumulations. Uncertainty is very high at this time; please monitor the forecast with us. Wednesday brings a chance of snow showers and highs in the upper 20s.